The One Thing I’m Giving Up For Lent

In the beginning of every month, I have a habit of jotting down my weight. I’ve become obsessed with seeing the progress I’ve made. However, this month I’m disappointed.

I gained four pounds.

Now, usually I try my hardest to not let weight define who I am. I’m a huge advocate in not letting the scale stop me from continuing to work towards my goal.

But I’m human and I always have negative whispers in the back of my mind. One insecurity always leads to another.

As human beings, we tend to keep our insecurities to ourselves, pushing them as far as we can in the back our minds. However, I’m trying to change that this month.

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6 Lessons I Learned From Year Of Yes

Year Of Yes by Shonda Rhimes was the first (and last) book I read in my very own (very small) book club I had with my mother.

Ironically enough, I was reintroduced to the book when I decided to join a local book club last month.

The first time I read the book, I found myself wanting to say yes to everything. I was aware of Shonda Rhimes before reading Year Of Yes, (Hello, she’s the Queen of #TGIT) but I wasn’t aware of Shonda Rhimes the person.

So, I decided to revisit my notes and participate in the discussion at the book club to see how much my ideas (if they have) changed in the past year. I found that Year Of Yes is very much relevant to my life now.

So FYI, the following post contains book spoilers, no #WhoKilledWes spoilers here (I promise):

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4 Puerto Ricans Who Motivate Me

When I was an intern at Latina Magazine I had the opportunity to be in a focus group where representation was the main discussion. I found myself thinking about role models in the Latino community I grew up with and found my mind going blank. I never felt connected or represented in the media.

Everyone talked about Jennifer Lopez, but I couldn’t relate. Of course I grew up listening to Jennifer Lopez and falling in love with the biopic of Selena, but I never felt a close connection.

But last year, I began to find people I can look up to. Whether it was individuals, tv shows or even books, I found myself learning more about my culture, myself and my aspirations.

I thought of these four individuals who’ve motivated me in some point in my life in becoming a powerful, successful Latina:

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6 Self-Care Tips To Follow In 2017

Since the election, I’ve been overwhelmed by the news.

For a journalist, news is apart of life. Although I’m not interested in reporting on hard news (i.e. crime, politics, etc), I’m surrounded by it on a daily basis. However, it can get exhausting.

When I get overwhelmed, anxious, upset or all the above, I like to provide myself with these self-care tips to boost my mood:

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Why I’m A Feminist

feminist

fe-mΙ™-nist\Β noun or adjective
  1. the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

  2. organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests

When I was younger, I fed into the stereotypes of a feminist. I thought they were strong-willed women who hated men and bras equally. As a young girl, unaware of the real definition of feminism, I didn’t want to be part of a “radical group.”

As I got older, I ignored what the media and misogynist’s depiction of a feminist looked like. I found that a feminist wasn’t just one particular person or action. I found the true definition was represented at the Women’s March on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

According to USA Today, over 2.5 million people participated in marches from around the world.Β Cities like New York, Boston, Berlin and even continents like Antarctica came out to support.

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